Friday, 15 May 2015

"That's the way Doctor Who works"

Steven Moffat on Doctor Who, childhood fears, female Doctors, the awkwardness of stars going to make movies and more at the ten years of new Who Q&A.

“That’s the way Doctor Who works. It’s all about the childish terrors and it’s all about being quite positive about them because we fill our show with monsters but the show is about a man who can fight monsters without becoming one.”

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Rory travels in time again!

Arthur Darvill plays time traveller Rip Hunter in DC TV series Legends Of Tomorrow alongside Brandon Routh as the Atom, Caity Lotz as White Canary, Ciara Renee as Hawkgirl, Franz Drameh as, er, someone, the guys from Prison Break as Flash bad guys and Victor Garber as half of Firestorm.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

At The Earth's Core

An animated Google Doodle celebrates the 127th birthday of Inge Lehmann, the Danish seismologist who figured out the way the core of the Earth actually works. To this day alien invaders in the Whoniverse keep trying to steal the core, which seems rather unsafe for all concerned.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Rose - I'm coming to get you!

Ten years ago, Doctor Who hit the Game Station, and the Doctor and companions stumbled into various BBC series and also (then) Channel 4 hit Big Brother. Now, a mere decade later, Big Brother (now on 5) runs with the idea and uses a time distortion gimmick. The house, sadly, is not bigger on the inside. I think one of the contestants may be an Auton, though.

Friday, 8 May 2015

V-E Day

Today is the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. The sort of thing the Doctor would go to several times - looking in on Churchill, dancing with Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, that kind of thing...

Thursday, 7 May 2015

The Lusitania

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, a change in the way that wars were fought as well as the history of the First World War in particular. Time travellers including the Doctor tend to end up on the Titanic instead, of course.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Bartolomeo Cristofori

Google informs me that this is the 160th birthday of Bartolomeo Cristofori, inventor of the piano, with a Doodle showing the playing from piano (soft) to forte (rocking out).

It also mentions May The Fourth Be With You.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Free Comic Book Day

... includes a Titan Doctor Who sampler, with Ten, Eleven, Twelve and a hint of the Paul Cornell crossover Four Doctors coming soon...

Friday, 1 May 2015

The Penny Black

It’s May Day, but also as noted by Google Doodle, the 175th anniversary of the Penny Black and the start of the modern postage stamp. This may not seem like a source for a thrilling adventure, but it had a widespread effect on communication, and its size and value makes it a perfect choice for time-travelling thieves...

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Google Vs. Nessie

I don’t believe the current Google Doodle takes the famous Loch Ness Monster photo entirely seriously. I’m sure the Zygons will have something to say about this.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

India as a setting

After posting about Dr Ambedkar, I thought a bit further about the Indian independence movement as a setting for an adventure, and further about India as a setting at various points in its history.

The end of the colonial era and the independence movement is the part of Indian history you’re most likely to see in British media. Consider colonial nostalgia in modern Britain, for example. Britain’s relationship with India remains complicated, more than most former colonies. With a large Indian descendant population in the UK, the connections are still strong.

We should also think about how the Doctor and companions’ “Britishness” might lead people to make assumptions about which side they’re on if they visit during the colonial era.

Going further back, the religions most popular in India could be a source of characters, but give careful thought to how how they are portrayed. (For example, 18 Days from Graphic India, Grant Morrison and Mukesh Singh, is a superheroic SF retelling of the Mahabharata, intended to entertain an English-speaking audience while respecting the source.)

Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar

A Google Doodle today for the 124th anniversary of the birth of BR Ambedkar, one of the leaders of the independence movement in India, who was in charge of the drafting of the constitution of the Indian republic and who fought for the rights of people on the outside of the caste system. As the Guardian article linked to notes, “He worked with Mahatma Gandhi to ensure all people were treated as equal parts of the electorate and was asked to be the first law minister in the newly independent country.”